Isaiah Washington reignites Grey's Anatomy drama that saw his exit from the show

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  • Isaiah Washington is slamming Katherine Heigl for proclaiming he "should 'never' be allowed to speak publicly again".
  • The actor referred in his tweets to an interview his Grey's Anatomy co-star gave addressing this ongoing drama on set of the show.
  • Isaiah was accused of using a homophobic slur in an altercation with TR Knight who played George O'Malley in the show.
  • "I will NEVER stop exercising my free speech," Isaiah said on Twitter.


Isaiah Washington is reigniting all the Grey's Anatomy drama that saw his exit from the show at the end of season three.

At the time there were accusations that the actor used a homophobic slur and got into an altercation with TR Knight who played George O'Malley in the series and has since also exited the medical drama, reports BBC.

TR Knight came out soon after and said he was offended by what the actor said.

According to People, Isaiah defended himself saying he never used said slur, though repeating it again in doing so. Following his comments, Katherine Heigl, who played Izzie Stevens spoke out about the incident telling Access Hollywood: "I'm going to be really honest right now, he needs to just not speak in public. Period. I'm sorry, that did not need to be said, I'm not okay with it."

She added: "I just feel like this is something that should be very much in-house we need to deal with. TR is my best friend. I will throw down for that kid."

Isaiah later apologised to TR Knight, received counselling and met with gay rights groups. He also did a PSA with GLAAD, which aired during Grey's Anatomy, reports E! News.

Now, the actor seems to be reigniting the drama – and with Katherine Heigl in particular.

"This woman once proclaimed that I should 'never' be allowed to speak publicly again," he wrote on Twitter on Monday sharing a photo of the actress. "The world agreed with her proclamation back then and protested for my job and my head in 65 languages. I wish I was on Twitter in 2007, because I will NEVER stop exercising my free speech."

In the comments section on his tweet, the actor also responded to someone asking about the lessons he's learnt from the whole ordeal.

"I've learned that all money ain't good money and no amount of money can replace your dignity and integrity," he said. "Some call it living by your principles."  

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